Success for Elia's Octet in Nice
On Sunday 27 October, the festival Musique d’aujourd’hui à demain, the contemporary music festival of the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, ended at the Chagall Museum in Nice. For this important occasion, two Italian musicians were invited: the conductor Andrea Vitello and the composer Alessio Elia. The concert program consisted of the Octets for wind instruments by Stravinsky, Péter Eötvös and Elia himself, performed by the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vitello.
By Alessio Elia, a Rome-born composer who lives in Budapest, considered "a unicum in the compositional landscape of our times" (Corriere della Musica), the piece Octet was performed, a work that employs a peculiar compositional technique developed by the composer and called by him polysystemism, which integrates different tuning systems and rhythmic prolation. The piece is also a profound listening experience that integrates within the language the exploration of the sound as an acoustic phenomenon.
Here on his French debut, Maestro Andrea Vitello, came to international prominence thanks to the recent recording of the pieces presented in this concert, made for Warner Classics with the musicians of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Vitello's interpretation brings to light the peculiar details of the three pieces in the program, bringing out the intimate nature that animates and characterizes them. The great success of the public takes on a particular significance in this concert hall, designed by Chagall precisely for the performance of the music by contemporary composers. (TGMusic.it)